Nagorno–Karabakh Conflict Must be Settled within Territorial Integrity of Azerbaijan: Austrian Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend E.Huseynli / The Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno - Karabakh must be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Martin Bartenstein, the Austrian Minister for Economy and Labor, said during the meeting with Elmar Mamadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, in Baku on 20 September.
Close proximity and inter-penetration of foreign and energy policy, the Minister said. He regarded the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) as a leading step in the integration process. According to Bartenstein, the Nabucco project will enable Azerbaijan's entrance into the European gas market.
In his turn, Mamadyarov said that integration into Europe through cooperation is a priority within the Azerbaijani foreign policy.
The foreign minister informed Bartenstein of the occupation of part of the Azerbaijani territory by Armenia and of the negotiations to resolve the conflict. Despite this occupation, Azerbaijan is realizing projects for economic growth and improving living conditions, Mamadyarov said.